The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wyoming have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Wyoming.

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Why choose Wyoming? Wyomingites think you should choose Wyoming because it is one of the most family friendly states in the country.

We agree that there are certain states that are more family friendly than others; heck, the Equality State is our seventh most family friendly state for 2021. But, we needed more evidence. So, HomeSnacks set out to determine the most family friendly places in Wyoming for 2021.

How did we determine Wyoming's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in the Cowboy State with more than 2,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 25 family friendly Wyoming places that any family would be lucky to call home.

We discovered that there are family friendly places for every budget. Wyoming has hip places like Cheyenne where your babies can safely grow up to be cowboys and cowgirls, idyllic 'how the west was won' places like Rock Springs, and upscale places like Jackson for families who don't have to worry about being on a budget.

Incidentally, Wyoming is the tenth biggest state, but the least populous state. We think that's all the more reason to raise your family in this flyover state: there's plenty of room for your kids to run and there's plenty of opportunity to make a difference.

Want to know more? Take a look below at our breakdown of Wyoming's most family friendly places for 2021.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2021

  1. Kemmerer
  2. Torrington
  3. Rawlins
  4. Laramie
  5. Green River
  6. Douglas
  7. Glenrock
  8. Wheatland
  9. Worland
  10. Afton

So, if you want boatloads of that good, wholesome, family friendly fun at your fingertips, Wyoming is your state. Heck, you can take your family to a rodeo in Cody and camping in Yellowstone National Park all in the same weekend.

Yes, there's a lot of family friendly fun to be had in Wyoming; but, there can only be one number one best place in the Cowboy State to raise a family. And that, folks, would be Kemmerer.

To see how your favorite place in Wyoming compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Wyoming and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2021

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,747
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Kemmerer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Torrington, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,675
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Torrington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rawlins, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,820
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 65
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 38.2%
More on Rawlins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Laramie, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,381
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 19.8%
More on Laramie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Green River, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,069
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 35.9%
More on Green River: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Douglas, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,393
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 31.2%
More on Douglas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glenrock, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,594
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 44.5%
More on Glenrock: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wheatland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,558
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 26.1%
More on Wheatland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,180
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 29.2%
More on Worland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Afton, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,058
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 35.2%
More on Afton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in Wyoming anyways?

To give you the places in Wyoming which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Equality State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Wyoming, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For Wyoming, that meant a total of 25 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Wyoming ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Riverton
  2. Powell
  3. Evansville

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Wyoming?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Kemmerer, WY 2,747 47
2 Torrington, WY 6,675 36
3 Rawlins, WY 8,820 59
4 Laramie, WY 32,381 73
5 Green River, WY 12,069 45
6 Douglas, WY 6,393 54
7 Glenrock, WY 2,594 41
8 Wheatland, WY 3,558 59
9 Worland, WY 5,180 39
10 Afton, WY 2,058 32

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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